Ryanair to move from Belfast City airport
BUDGET airline Ryanair has said it will switch the plane it has based at Belfast City airport to another European airport at the end of the current summer schedule on October 31.
The airline said the decision was due to the airport's confirmation that a public inquiry into a promised runway extension would be further delayed.
Ryanair claimed the extension would not now be delivered until 2012, four years after it was originally promised.
Ryanair, which launched a base in Belfast City in October 2007, operates five routes to the UK but said it had planned to open a wider range of routes from the proposed longer runway.
The airline said the decision to close the Belfast base would result in the loss of 50 Ryanair jobs, though it said all staff would be offered relocation elsewhere in the UK or Europe.
Ryanair shares closed 0.8pc lower at €3.83 in Dublin yesterday.